Alliance Takes Mazar-e-Sharif
weeks of U.S. bombing, the Northern Alliance has thrown the
Taleban out of the key north central Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif.
Excerpts of interest from an article pertaining to the anti-Taleban
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9 — U.S. officials confirm
that the Northern Alliance
U.S. Officials told NBC News that northern opposition forces
backed by intense U.S. Bombing captured the strategic Afghan
city of Mazar-e-Sharif on Friday and took hundreds of Taliban
prisoners, including a top commander.
U.S. commander in the region said U.S. warplanes were attacking
the retreating Taliban forces Saturday morning to prevent them
State of Northern
Alliance forces, 11/09/01
(click for large size image)
victory, a major breakthrough in the U.S.-led campaign to topple
the militant ruling Taliban and dismantle Osama bin Laden’s
al-Qaida network, followed several days of fierce trench warfare
that exacted a severe price on the Taliban, U.S. Officials said
on condition of anonymity.
Northern Alliance tanks advancing
towards Mazar-e-Shariff, 11/09/01
Rear Adm. Mark Fitzgerald, commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt
battle group, said Saturday morning that scores of Navy F-14
Tomcats and Marine Corps F/A-18C Hornets were launched from
the Roosevelt shortly before midnight to “try to take out
as much as we can as they try to fall back and regroup.”
moves between F/A-18C
Hornets & two EA-6B Prowlers before
dawn on the deck of the USS Theodore
Roosevelt, in the Arabian Sea, 11/09/01
told U.S. pool reporters that the warplanes, accompanied by
E-2C Hawkeye surveillance aircraft and S-3B Viking tankers,
were also “going after the tanks they had in the area and
the armored vehicles, and, of course, any of the command-post
and troops in the area.”
9 — Report
Alliance base camp about
150 miles east of Mazar-e-Sharif
Mazar-e-Sharif has a large airport that could be refurbished
for U.S. and allied aircraft to conduct humanitarian missions
and mount attacks against the Taliban. The city also controls
a supply route from Uzbekistan, 45 miles to the north, that
does not get blocked by winter snowfalls, a key concern for
the opposition alliance.
spokesman for the Northern Alliance, Ashraf Nadeem, said opposition
forces were able to enter the city after they broke through
Taliban lines Friday at the Pul-e-Imam Bukhri bridge on the
southern edge of the city.
sources told NBC News that the rebels launched an attack from
the north and the south while Taliban troops were retreating.
Flushed out into the open, those forces were moving targets
for U.S. Warplanes
more teams of U.S. special forces landed in Afghanistan in the
last day and a half to help identify targets, sources said,
while Taliban defectors were providing the best intelligence
of where to find Taliban military hideouts.
F/A-18C Hornet returns to the USS
Theodore Roosevelt, in the
Arabian Sea, 11/09/01
U.S. air support “has had a very good impact in breaking
the front lines,” Nadeem said. ...
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Like Christianity, Full of Fuel - Handle With Extreme Caution
when treated literally, contains plenty of fuel for the types
of actions taken by the mass murderers on 9-11-01. Their so-called
"holy" documents, just like christian ones, combine
the most potent emotions of human existence, both positive and
negative, in an effort to seduce and threaten the vulnerable
children and enslave them for their entire lives, in a cycle
of brainwashing from one generation to the next, ad infinitum.
can be good *despite* religion, not because of it. It appears
that some in the U.S. are finally beginning to recognize this
fact, as evidenced by the following ...
tightens entry requirements for Muslim men [link inactive]
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United States is tightening visa restrictions for men from predominantly
Muslim nations. Secretary of State Colin Powell says the intention
is to make sure those who come to the United States pose no
threat to the American people.
Powell says the clamp down on certain visas is temporary and
does not indicate a shift to close off the country.
Department officials say Muslim men from 25 selected countries
wanting to enter the US will have to complete a detailed questionnaire
and wait 20 days for visas.
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final comment: Thank goodness some in the U.S. are finally coming
to their senses when it comes to the threat posed by the virulent
extremist anti-human elements embedded deep within islamic cultures
and large numbers of influential mullahs/hate-fomenters within
that particular faith, at this time, on this earth, in the countries
selected for "special" treatment when it comes to
visas to enter the U.S.
Raising Alarm on Civil Liberties
Ashcroft continues his federal campaign to attack terrorism
by scaring Americans and trying to strip away every civil liberty
he can get his hands on, evidence is beginning to surface that
he has gone too far, way too far.
another way, what are we fighting for but our right to be free?
If we attack ourselves by stripping away our freedoms, we have
lost the war by our very own acts, no matter what actions potential
terrorists threaten us with.
from pertinent article follow:
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eavesdropping on lawyers' conversations with clients detained
in connection with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks is a dangerous
erosion of America's justice system, defense lawyers and civil
libertarians warned today.
the government is going to be allowed to eavesdrop on lawyers
and clients, why should we bother having a justice system at
not just give government blanket authority to lock people up
without charge and detain them indefinitely?"
is one more example of the (Bush) administration cutting the
judicial process out of the loop."
proposal is a terrifying nightmare for innocent people who are
under suspicion by the attorney general."
the usual public comment period for new rules, the Justice Department
published a new rule in the Federal Register on Oct. 31 that
allows monitoring of normally privileged attorney-client communications
if Attorney General John Ashcroft concludes there is "reasonable
suspicion" they are related to future terrorist acts.
is one of a series of actions the Bush Administration says will
help the fight against terrorism but that alarm many as a broad-brush
attack on cherished civil liberties.
Bush last week signed the USA Patriot Act, which passed Congress
with little opposition, propelled by the urgency of the Sept.
11 attacks. It gives police sweeping new powers to secretly
search people's homes and business records and to eavesdrop
on telephone and computer conversations.
Security Administration also is pressing for the right to disclose
personal tax records, Social Security numbers and other data
to law enforcement agencies.
outrageous." ... "Every time government power is expanded,
it's inevitably abused. The reason we fought the revolution
more than 200 years ago was to keep the government from having
unlimited power. If we let the government take away our freedoms,
then we're all going to be in a sad state." ...
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Laden Claims He Has Chemical and Nuclear Weapons
the first interview with bin Laden since September 11, 2001,
Hamid Mir, a Pakastani journalist, reports bin Laden's threats
of the use of chemical and
against the U.S. in response to said use by the U.S. against
his cause, which he stated to be "to spread the word of
forewarned that the thrust of bin Laden's comments in this interview
are to pardon actions of hate towards innocent civilians and
to promote his propaganda of victimization psychosis, with any/all
actions by him and his followers deemed worthy simply because
he views non-islamist folks as personal affronts and threats
to his god-centric views of the way the world should be enslaved
to his faith and to his efforts to create a bin Ladenized world
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Nov 9: Osama bin Laden has said that "we have chemical
and nuclear weapons as a deterrent and if America used them
against us we reserve the right to use them".
said this in a special interview with Hamid Mir, the editor
of Ausaf, for Dawn and Ausaf, at an undisclosed location near
was the first interview given by Osama to any journalist after
the September 11 attacks in New York and Washington.
correspondent was taken blindfolded in a jeep from Kabul on
the night of Nov 7 to a place where it was extremely cold and
one could hear the sound of anti-aircraft guns firing away.
a wait of some time , Osama arrived with about a dozen bodyguards
and Dr Ayman Al-Zuwahiri and answered questions.
Mir: After American bombing on Afghanistan on Oct 7, you
told the Al-Jazeera TV that the Sept 11 attacks had been carried
out by some Muslims. How did you know they were Muslims ?
bin Laden: The Americans themselves released a list of the
suspects of the Sept 11 attacks, saying that the persons named
were involved in the attacks. They were all Muslims, of whom
15 belonged to Saudi Arabia, two were from the UAE and one from
Egypt. According to the information I have, they were all passengers.
Fateha was held for them in their homes. But America said they
Mir: In your statement of Oct 7, you expressed satisfaction
over the Sept 11 attacks, although a large number of innocent
people perished in them, hundreds among them were Muslims. Can
you justify the killing of innocent men in the light of Islamic
bin Laden: This is a major point in jurisprudence. In my
view, if an enemy occupies a Muslim territory and uses common
people as human shield, then it is permitted to attack that
enemy. For instance, if bandits barge into a home and hold a
child hostage, then the child's father can attack the bandits
and in that attack even the child may get hurt.
and its allies are massacring us in Palestine, Chechenya, Kashmir
and Iraq. The Muslims have the right to attack America in reprisal.
The Islamic Shariat says Muslims should not live in the land
of the infidel for long. The Sept 11 attacks were not targeted
at women and children. The real targets were America's icons
of military and economic power.
Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) was against killing women and
children. When he saw a dead woman during a war, he asked why
was she killed ? If a child is above 13 and wields a weapon
against Muslims, then it is permitted to kill him.
American people should remember that they pay taxes to their
government, they elect their president, their government manufactures
arms and gives them to Israel and Israel uses them to massacre
Palestinians. The American Congress endorses all government
measures and this proves that the entire America is responsible
for the atrocities perpetrated against Muslims. The entire America,
because they elect the Congress.
ask the American people to force their government to give up
anti-Muslim policies. The American people had risen against
their government's war in Vietnam. They must do the same today.
The American people should stop the massacre of Muslims by their
Mir: Can it be said that you are against the American government,
not the American people ?
bin Laden: Yes! We are carrying on the mission of our Prophet,
Muhammad (peace be upon him). The mission is to spread the word
of God, not to indulge massacring people. We ourselves are the
target of killings, destruction and atrocities.
We are only defending ourselves. This is defensive Jihad. We
want to defend our people and our land. That is why I say that
if we don't get security, the Americans, too would not get security.
is a simple formula that even an American child can understand.
This is the formula of live and let live.
Mir: The head of Egypt's Jamia Al-Azhar has issued a fatwa
(edict) against you, saying that the views and beliefs of Osama
bin Laden have nothing to do with Islam. What do you have to
say about that ?
bin Laden: The fatwa of any official Aalim has no value
for me. History is full of such Ulema who justify Riba, who
justify the occupation of Palestine by the Jews, who justify
the presence of American troops around Harmain Sharifain.
people support the infidels for their personal gain.
true Ulema support the Jihad against America. Tell me if Indian
forces invaded Pakistan what would you do?
Israeli forces occupy our land and the American troops are on
our territory. We have no other option but to launch Jihad.
Mir: Some Western media claim that you are trying to acquire
chemical and nuclear weapons. How much truth is there in such
bin Laden: I heard the speech of American President Bush
yesterday (Oct 7). He was scaring the European countries that
Osama wanted to attack with weapons of mass destruction.
wish to declare that if America used chemical or nuclear weapons
against us, then we may retort with chemical and nuclear weapons.
We have the weapons as deterrent.
Mir: Where did you get these weapons from ?
bin Laden: Go to the next question.
Mir: Demonstrations are being held in many European countries
against American attacks on Afghanistan. Thousands of the protesters
were non-Muslims. What is your opinion about those non-Muslim
bin Laden: There are many innocent and good-hearted people
in the West. American media instigates them against Muslims.
However, some good-hearted people are protesting against American
attacks because human nature abhors injustice.
Muslims were massacred under the UN patronage in Bosnia. I am
ware that some officers of the State Department had resigned
years ago the US ambassador in Egypt had resigned in protest
against the policies of President Jimmy Carter. Nice and civilized
are everywhere. The Jewish lobby has taken America and the West
Mir: Some people say that war is no solution to any issue.
Do you think that some political formula could be found to stop
the present war ?
bin Laden: You should put this question to those who have
started this war. We are only defending ourselves.
Mir: If America got out of Saudi Arabia and the Al-Aqsa
mosque was liberated, would you then present yourself for trial
in some Muslim country ?
bin Laden: Only Afghanistan is an Islamic country. Pakistan
follows the English law. I don't consider Saudi Arabia an Islamic
country. If the Americans have charges against me, we too have
a charge sheet against them.
Mir: Pakistan government decided to cooperate with America
after Sept 11, which you don't consider right. What do you think
Pakistan should have done but to cooperate with America ?
bin Laden: The government of Pakistan should have the wishes
of the people in view. It should not have surrendered to the
unjustified demands of America. America does not have solid
proof against us. It just has some surmises. It is unjust to
start bombing on the basis of those surmises.
Mir: Had America decided to attack Pakistan with the help
of India and Israel, what would have we done ?
bin Laden: What has America achieved by attacking Afghanistan
? We will not leave the Pakistani people and the Pakistani territory
at anybody's mercy.
will defend Pakistan. But we have been disappointed by Gen Pervez
Musharraf. He says that the majority is with him. I say the
majority is against him.
has used the word crusade. This is a crusade declared by Bush.
It is no wisdom to barter off blood of Afghan brethren to improve
Pakistan's economy. He will be punished by the Pakistani people
now a great war of Islamic history is being fought in Afghanistan.
All the big powers are united against Muslims. It is 'sawab
' to participate in this war.
Mir: A French newspaper has claimed that you had kidney
problem and had secretly gone to Dubai for treatment last year.
Is that correct ?
bin Laden: My kidneys are all right. I did not go to Dubai
last year. One British newspaper has published an imaginary
interview with Islamabad dateline with one of my sons who lives
in Saudi Arabia. All this is false.
Mir: Is it correct that a daughter of Mulla Omar is your
wife or your daughter is Mulla Omar's wife ?
bin Laden: (Laughs). All my wives are Arabs (and all my
daughters are married to Arab Mujahideen). I have spiritual
relationship with Mulla Omar. He is a great and brave Muslim
of this age.
does not fear anyone but Allah. He is not under any personal
relationship or obligation to me. He is only discharging his
religious duty. I, too, have not chosen this life out of any
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